Friday, 22 February 2013

Peg & Pig's Kitchen - Uppittu with Vegetables

I grew up with this dish - Uppittu. For fun and for the fact that this dish just sits tight in your stomach, we call the dish "Concrete." My mom prepares absolutely delicious uppittu. She adds vegetables - according to season - to make the dish interesting (and healthy) for us. Sigh, all her sincere attempts fail. Forcibly we would gobble up a serving for breakfast, and avoid returning home for the remaining meals.

Now I have a kitchen of my own, and plan the menu for all days of the week. During such a planning activity, I end up having empty space (for breakfast) on certain days. I try my best to avoid filling the empty space with the dish - Uppittu, but blah, sometimes I am compelled to cook uppittu. Well, you have guessed correct that I'm not a big fan of this dish. However, my husband likes uppittu.

I chop available vegetables - tomatoes, carrots, spring onions, capsicum, ginger, Green chillies, and onions - and fry them in about two tablespoons of cooking oil (or ghee). I also add mustard seeds and curry leaves for seasoning. When the vegetables cook, add pinch of turmeric, salt, juice of half a lemon, and sufficient water. Bring it to a boil, and then stir in the rava (dry roasted), ensuring that lumps aren't formed. Close a lid and allow the rava to cook well. Stir continuously  When the dish doesn't stick to the pan, means that the dish is complete. Top the dish with freshly grated coconut and finely chopped coriander leaves.

Note: Can also use combination of peas, cauliflower, potatoes, beans, Indian beans, and others. If you use eggplant, the recipe is a little different; will post that recipe later.

So, do you like uppittu?


Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The Fat Chef - White Field, Bangalore

On one Monday, Rajavel recommended the restaurant - The Fat Chef. I noted the recommendation.

Recently, we visited this restaurant with friends, and we loved everything about the place. The restaurant lies within the Jagrithi theater complex, White Field; provides both indoor and outdoor seating. The architecture and interiors were simple but absolutely beautiful; loved the use of stone on the walls. The garden was well-kept. Yes, you guessed it correct; we opted for outdoor seating.

The table mats were plain book-wrapping paper with the restaurant's logo. The menu is designed to look like a school-slate. The serving dishes were all in White. We were a little confused as to what to order - a nice variety of dishes. Yay, the place serves wine (thought we didn't try any)!

An interesting starter that was ordered was the Mexican Meatballs; meatballs rolled in cornflakes. The dishes of the day that we ordered were Grilled Fish in Mustard Sauce and Chicken Loaf in White Sauce. The vegetarian dishes that we ordered were Lasagna and Spinach-Corn Bake; felt a little heavy but tasted yum.

We had good company, good food, and good experience. :-)

Our rating? 4 Star!


Sunday, 10 February 2013

Peg and Pig's Kitchen - Besan Ladoos

One of the easiest India sweets to make at home is the Besan Ladoo. All you need is besan (gram flour), ghee, powdered sugar, cardamom, and finely chopped almonds. I took two cups (small) of besan, one cup of sugar, and one (or two) cups of ghee. Roasted the besan with a little amount of ghee; add all the ghee in parts to the mixture. Roast till the flour and ghee release an aroma, and the color of the flour turns deeper. Meanwhile, powder the sugar along with cardamoms; keep it aside. When the roasting is complete, remove the pan from heat, and add sugar and chopped almonds. Mix well. Take portions of the mixture and make small balls. The besan ladoos are ready to serve.

What's your recipe of besan ladoos?